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Photo Credit: Alex D'Addese - Ryerson Rams Athletics

With only two more weeks remaining on the regular season schedule, action picked up around the OUA as teams look to make one last push up the standings before the postseason.

KEY GAME

Toronto Varsity Blues vs. Guelph Gryphons

 

As predicted, the battle between the league’s best and hottest teams was one of the tightest games of the season. A low-scoring affair at the Gryphon Centre was broken with just under three minutes to play in the third frame, when Sophie Rodenburg (Ottawa, ON) crashed the night and put home a rebound. Guelph would go on to win 1-0 in a game that only saw one penalty called, a cross-checking minor to Guelph’s Sophie Contant (Cornwall, ON). After recording just seven shots in the first two periods combined, the Gryphons were able to come on strong in the third, adding ten more shots and finally finding the back of the net. Guelph stays perfect at home, as they extended their winning game streak to nine.

Photo Credit: Guelph Gryphons

PLUS / MINUS

Nipissing Lakers and Ryerson Rams – PLUS

The Nipissing Lakers started 2017 with two losses and since then, have won five of their last six, out scoring opponents 14-4 in that stretch. The Lakers have one of, if not the best blue line in the OUA, not allowing an even-strength goal against in over 300 minutes, spanning five games. Jackie Rochefort (Ajax, ON) has posted three shutouts in her last four outings as she sits third in the OUA in both goals-against-average and save percentage. On the other side of the ice, Kaley Tienhaara (Thunder Bay, ON) has led the way offensively, scoring five times while adding three assists in her last six games. To note, when the Lakers fell to Queen’s and UOIT in early January, Tienhaara was kept off of the scoresheet which really proves her value to this Nipissing team.

Photo Credit: Nipissing Lakers

The Ryerson Rams are finally winners in 2017 after losing seven straight games and letting their playoff hopes slip away. The Rams were able to take down one of the toughest teams in the OUA, the Queen’s Gaels in a shootout at Mattamy Home Ice. Sydney Authier (Wallaceburg, ON) was stellar in the win as she made 25 saves and has now only allowed seven goals in her last five outings. Ailish Forfar (Toronto, ON) scored a beautiful goal in the shootout to end it. Ryerson sweeps the season series with Queen’s, winning both games by just one goal.

Queen’s Gaels – MINUS

The Gaels travelled down the 401 to London for a tilt against the Western Mustangs, with their eight game winning streak on the line. The Gaels have vaulted up the standings after starting the new year in a tie for the final playoff spot, however, this weekend did not go as planned. A 6-3 loss to the Mustangs followed by a shootout loss to the Ryerson Rams earned the Gaels only one out of a possible six points. With four games remaining in the regular season, including matchups with Windsor and Western, the Gaels don’t have it easy as they look to finish inside the top five in OUA points.

COMPLETE WEEK’S SCORES

February 2nd

Guelph 1 – 0 Toronto

February 3rd

Waterloo 2 – 0 Laurentian

Nipissing 2 – 0 Laurier

Western 6 – 0 Queens

Brock 4 – 2 UOIT

February 4th

Ryerson 3 – 2 Queen’s – Shootout

Laurentian 3 – 0 Laurier

Nipissing 1 – 0 Waterloo – Overtime

Brock 3 – 0 York

 

OUA STANDINGS

RankTeamRecordPoints
1Guelph14-3-2-149
2Nipissing12-3-3-244
3Toronto12-1-7-038
4Waterloo10-2-7-236
5Queen's8-4-7-133
6Western9-2-9-132
7Laurentian10-0-9-232
8Brock8-3-9-131
9Windsor9-1-8-231
10UOIT4-3-8-523
11Ryerson4-2-11-319
12York3-2-11-417
13Laurier2-1-14-311

 

NEXT WEEK’S KEY GAMES

Nipissing vs. Toronto | February 10th – 7:00 PM

     

A battle between number two and three on Friday night as the Nipissing Lakers travel to Toronto to take on the Varsity Blues. The Lakers are winners in five of their last six, and are coming off of two shutouts this weekend. They will be a tough team to beat down the stretch. Toronto on the other hand is great at Varsity Arena, posting a 6-2 home record this season. Along with the second best powerplay in the OUA, the Varsity Blues will prove to be a tough task for a red-hot Nipissing Lakers team.

Guelph vs. Waterloo | February 12th – 2:30 PM

     

The Guelph Gryphons have been unbeatable lately and will carry a nine game winning streak into Sunday’s matchup with the Waterloo Warriors, who are coming off an overtime loss to Nipissing. Guelph took down the Warriors 4-1 in early January, and have only been beaten once in their last 16 games—that loss coming back in November in a 1-0 game to Nipissing. The Warriors will be looking to not only snap the winning streak on the other side of the ice, but to show that they can compete with the league’s best as the playoffs inch ever closer.

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Jaxson Jacobs is one of the lead writers and reporters for CUSN’s Women’s Hockey Coverage. Currently enrolled in his 2nd year of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts, Sport Media program, Jaxson serves as one of the voices of the Ryerson Rams hockey teams, in both a colour commentator role as well as a panelist. Jaxson is also a host of two radio shows on SpiritLive, RTA’s online radio station. When he’s away from the rink, you can find Jaxson behind the wheel of the #97 Rocky’s Harley Davidson, Country 104 Chevrolet SS on the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour.

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